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Mortgage FAQ2019-05-23T21:37:22+00:00
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Why are brokers able to get lower interest rates than banks?2019-06-05T17:56:49+00:00

Local banks have higher overhead and expenses such as salaries and fancy branch locations. Since these expenses do not apply to broker loans the savings are passed onto you the customer in the form of lower rates.

When is a good idea to refinance at a lower rate?2019-05-01T19:21:52+00:00

Typically if you can recoup your closing within 3 years or less it makes sense to refinance.

What is considered a JUMBO mortgage?2019-06-03T18:52:43+00:00

Any loan amount above $484,350 is considered a Jumbo mortgage.

What is an FHA Streamline Refinance?2019-05-23T21:45:05+00:00

The FHA Streamline Refinance is a special mortgage product, reserved for homeowners with existing FHA mortgages.

Streamline refinance refers to the refinance of an existing FHA-insured mortgage requiring limited borrower credit documentation and underwriting. Streamline refinances are available under credit qualifying and non-credit qualifying option.

“Streamline refinance” refers only to the amount of documentation and underwriting that the lender must perform. The basic requirements of a streamline refinance are:

  • The mortgage to be refinanced must already be FHA insured.
  • The mortgage to be refinanced must be current (not delinquent).
  • The refinance results in a net tangible benefit to the borrower.

Read more at the HUD / FHA website.

Is it true that I need to pay for all of my closing costs out of pocket if I wish to refinance?2019-05-01T19:21:21+00:00

No. The only out of pocket cost to you is the cost of the appraisal.

How do I avoid a PMI?2019-06-03T18:54:49+00:00

This insurance helps protect the lender if a borrower defaults, and the lender needs to foreclose.  NO PMI mortgage options are available at slightly higher interest rates.

Mortgage insurance may be required on some loans when a down payment is less than 20%.

How can I find out how much home I qualify for?2019-05-01T19:38:30+00:00

You can use our online pre-qualification form to work with a loan officer and find out approximately how much you can borrow before you start shopping for a house.

Pre-Qualified vs Pre-Approved

When a home buyer is pre-qualified, they have provided the lender with the basic information to determine which loan program the home buyer may qualify for.

When a home buyer is pre-approved, the lender has collected, verified and presented the information needed for underwriting and approval.